Blakeney’s Friday Blog 26th June
It’s Friday already. The weeks are just flying by and before you know it, the summer holidays will be here. This is the time when you can wind down, put your feet up, get out and about (in a socially distanced way) and do all the things that you can’t do while your days are kept busy with school work.
But we’re not there quite yet! It’s so important that we keep learning and keep to a routine that gives us a sense of purpose. Our minds need exercise if we want them to work well, just like our bodies do. Continuing to work on those skills that you are not confident about is the way that you will acquire that confidence. Use this opportunity to brush up on times tables, spelling, grammar and punctuation – whatever it is that you know you would benefit from. Continue to follow the Home Learning Grid and do the Education City tasks that have been set for you so that you know you are keeping up and will be in the same place as everyone else when you start back at school in September. A routine is also important to your mental health. There is nothing worse for your mental state than having no sense of purpose. You need to know that each day counts and treat every day as an opportunity to better yourself.
Ms Black’s News
Well I’ve been working on the Topic curriculum for next year – looking for exciting new ways to approach history and geography at Greyfriars. I can’t wait to get back in the classroom to teach humanities again! I’ve also been looking at the work that’s been sent to me, finishing the annual reports that you will get in July and making phone calls to check that you are ok (more coming today so if you get a ‘no caller ID’ call, it will probably be me and it’s safe to answer). Each day, I try to stick to my routine and get things done in the time I set for each task – this keeps my day structured and purposeful. It also means that when I have some down time, I can really enjoy it guilt-free and without getting bored with that free time. If you’re not structuring your day yet, then I suggest you start doing it now and feel the difference to your mental health. You will probably also feel a lot better about coming back to school in September.
Last Saturday, I met up with my family bubble for the first time since lockdown. We chose a secluded beach, took the dogs and had a picnic and nice walk. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring the Father’s Day presents so I did a secret drop at my parents home on Sunday afternoon. I sneaked up to the door, rang the bell and ran around the corner, leaving the gifts on the doorstep. My dad was very confused until I poked my head out!
Do send me your news too. You can write about your work or anything else that you want to share.
Take care and stay safe
Well done to those of you who have completed the work on Education City. This is how it’s looking so far: Only 5 children have completed the writing work, 5 children have done the reading and 8 children have done the maths. I am concerned that most of you have not had a go yet and this has been the case since March. You have until Sunday to complete these tasks so you need to get on there today if you can. Please do let me know if you have any computing issues that prevent you from doing this.
I can not emphasize enough the importance of continuing your hard work. You all made so much progress this year so don’t let that go to waste by allowing your brains to go off on holiday too soon! Get back to it.
Hot Task Feedback
I have received four wonderful hot tasks so far from Noah, Lily, Azuolas and Preston. The personification is excellent showing that they’ve applied the learning from the last two weeks in their poetry. Well done all of you!
There are 23 children in our class so I should be receiving 19 hot tasks today and I’m looking forward to reading your poetry!
Look at this fabulous work from Madalin and Noah – they show a clear understanding of how to create an optical illusion through the use of line and colour/shading. Very clever boys! Did anyone else have a go? Send it in.
Arminas has been a little quiet lately. Sadly, he’s been through a hard time as he lost his dog and that is such a difficult experience. Our pets are like members of our family and we can feel a great deal of emotion and loss when they pass. This poem is for Arminas and anyone else in our class who has lost a beloved pet:
A Bridge Called Love
It takes us back to brighter years,
to happier sunlit days,
and to precious moments
that will be with us always.
And these fond recollections
are treasured in the heart
to bring us always close to those
from whom we had to part.
There is a bridge of memories
from earth to Heaven above…
It keeps our dear ones near us
It’s the bridge that we call love.
Arminas has shared a letter and some photos for you to see, Lockdown has obviously been kind to Arminas – he looks much younger! :
Blakeney Class Year Book 2020
I just love that photo – it’s so obviously a small version of Arminas! And so, it’s given me an idea. Next week, I’m going to create the Blakeney Class Year Book 2020 in which we will be sharing class photos with a difference – your baby photos!
Next week, you’re going to help create your own Class Yearbook 2020. Only these will be class photos with a difference – your baby photos!
How can I participate? Find a photo of yourself when you were a baby and email it (Monday or Tuesday) to me and I will put all the class photos onto a single document and upload it to the website on Wednesday.
What happens after that? You will go to your class blog page on Wednesday, download the photo doc and the answer sheet and guess who the babies are. Write/type your answers onto the answer sheet and email it back to me by Thursday afternoon.
How will we get the answers? Next Friday, I will give the correct answers on the class blog page and will also announce who got most guesses correct!
Make sure you get your photo to your teacher before by Tuesday!
This should be fun, and the more of you that participate, the more fun it will be. So come on everyone! Start sending those baby pics in!
Well that’s all for now Blakeney. I really am missing you all – yes, every single one of you! I look forward to hearing your news and seeing your work. Send it in to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and do pay close attention to what I said at the start of this blog.
Take care (mind and body) and stay safe